THIRD EDITION – 2018/2019

Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan

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The Battaglia Foundry Sculpture Prize (BFSP) is an annual award established with the aim of promoting the use of bronze and the ancient lost-wax casting process in contemporary art practices and addressed to young international artists.
Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, historical foundry established in Milan in 1913, is both founder and promoter of the Prize.
Ten international leading figures of the contemporary art world select ten artists to present a proposal for a bronze cast. A jury then evaluates the projects, paying specific attention to their procedural features, which are of extreme challenge whitin the casting process.

Previous editions winners are Nicolas Deshayes (France, 1983), with the project “Dear Polyp” (BFSP #01), and Marguerite Humeau (France, 1986), with the project “35000 A.C (Sphinx Death Mask)” (BFSP #02).


The BFSP is a proactive platform for cultural/technical research within the millenary tradition of bronze casting.

The Prize aims to promote the unique experience of an artistic collaboration with a traditional bronze foundry. In Fonderia Artistica Battaglia manual skills and understanding of the different material stages in lost-wax bronze casting are investigated day by day under the supervision of skilled artisans.

The BFSP wishes to challenge the very nature of lost wax casting in all its different features: from a procedural point of view to its cultural implications and potential translation in the world of contemporary art.


The third edition of BFSP 2018/2019 will focus on the great potential of surface translation of lost-wax bronze casting. Since ancient times many materials were translated and converted into bronze to achieve the accuracy of a variety of textures, from organic “skins” to artificial ones (leaves, insects, wood, animals, plastics, etc.). What dialogue can be installede and stressed between a form and its surface, through the positive and negative stages intrinsic in the lost-wax process?

Launching the Third Edition of the Prize, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia is glad to announce the names of the ten artists selected by an international selection committee.

Anne-Sophie Berger, she vanished 1, 2015 Courtesy the artist and JTT Gallery 
Augustas Serapinas, Gym. 1857, Olso, 2017, photo by Andrej Vasilenko  
Echard Mimosa, A/B11, 2016 
Federico Tosi, Baby (bones) 2017 
Gina Folly, Domestic Problems IV, 2016,  
Giulia Cenci, Aprile 5006, 2017 photo credits Camilla Maria Santini – Courtesy SpazioA, Pistoia 
Hedwig Houben, Borborygmus, 2017 performance, Photo by Els Soenen  
Joana Escoval, I forgot to go to school yesterday, 2016 Kunsthalle Tropical, Iceland 
Ornaghi e Prestinari, (detail) Morris, 2016 Courtesy GALLERIA CONTINUA, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins / Habana 
Rochelle Goldberg, Courtesy of the Artist. 


Anna-Sophie Berger Giulia Cenci, Mimosa Echard, Joana Escoval, Gina Folly, Rochelle Goldberg, Hedwig Houben, Ornaghi e Prestinari, Augustas Serapinas, Federico Tosi


Alexandra Baudelot
 (Co-director, of Les Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers), Eva Birkenstock (Director of Kunstverein für die Rheinlande and Westfalen, Düsseldorf and Curator of the independent performance project of LISTE Art Fair Basel ), Vittorio Calabrese (Director of Magazzino Italian Art and of the Olnick Spanu Collection), Saim Demircan (Curator and Writer), Nikola Dietrich (Director of Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne), João Mourão & Luis Silva (Co-Directors of the Kunsthalle in Lissabon),  Simone Menegoi (Curator and Writer), Anne-Claire Schmitz (Founding Director and Curator of La Loge Brussels), Fabian Schöneich (Curator), Stefano Vittorini (Co-founder of Kabul Magazine and Independent Curator).


Camilla Bonzanigo (Culture and Development at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia), Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Curator at Quadriennale of Rome), Michelle Cotton (Director of Bonner Kunstverein), Eva Fabbris (Curator at Fondazione Prada), Luigi Fassi (Artistic Director of MAN - Museo Arte Nuoro), Roos Gortzak (Director of Vleeshal in Middleburg), Thomas Thiel (Director of Bielefelder Kunstverein).


The Prize consists of a bursary and a residency period at Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, to take place between October and December 2018. The winner will thus be able to create the work proposed in close cooperation with Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, which will provide the technical consultancy necessary during the entire process.
The winning work will be officially presented to the public in Milan, during the week of Miart 2019, in April.


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